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Grants & Schemes

Our advisors can provide professional advice with regard to all government environmental schemes, past and present, including Countryside Stewardship (CS), Higher Level (HLS) Environmental Stewardship, Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) and England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO). Since 2005, we have helped nearly 900 farmers and landowners apply successfully for Stewardship agreements. With our own in-house ecologists, we are unique among land agents in being able to offer a complete service.

Countryside Stewardship Scheme

Countryside Stewardship is the Government’s flagship on-farm environmental and woodland scheme. Our comprehensive range of services includes:

  • Higher Tier and Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship applications
  • Applications for standalone capital grants – water capital, air quality and boundaries
  • Baseline Evaluation of Higher Tier Agreement (BEHTA) surveys
  • Woodland Management Plans – a pre-requisite for woodland options in CS
  • Applications for Woodland Creation and Woodland Tree Health Grants
  • Completing Annual Claim Forms
  • Making capital works claims
  • Advice on targeting, scoring and making a competitive CS application

Environmental Stewardship

The Environmental Stewardship Scheme ran from 2005 to 2014 and is now closed to new entrants. H&H Land & Estates can provide ongoing practical advice on managing your HLS agreement, including:

  • Advice on making options work best within your farming system
  • Completing Annual Claim Forms
  • Land transfers and amendments in relation to sales, purchases or change in tenancy
Sustainable Farming Incentive

SFI is the first strand of the new Environmental Land Management Scheme, which will open later in 2022. Payments will be offered for soil management on improved grassland and arable land and for the identification and assessment of public goods on moorland. We can:

  • Advise on the requirements of SFI and whether it will fit with your farming practices
  • Complete SFI applications
  • Undertake baseline assessments of your moorland and help identify the public goods you can provide

Farming in Protected Landscapes

This scheme provides grants for projects undertaken by farmers in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Projects should aim to deliver one or more of the following:

  • Measures to combat or adapt to climate change
  • Improve biodiversity and habitat connectivity
  • Opportunities for public access or engagement
  • Enhance the quality and character of the landscape

We can advise on the likely success of a proposed project and help with the application process.